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Everyday Life: Weeks 18, 19, 20 and 21

I keep saying I’ll come back to this space and share tea number of recipes…yet the days seem to escape me, and here I am, 4 weeks since the last post…

A look at the last few weeks:

The garden is a-growing!

The downside to an approaching summer is knowing that I’ll be less inclined to heat our oven to 550 degrees in order to make homemade pizza.

Tricks.

Best photo of Percy. Haha

Homemade vegan BBQ!

From around the garden :)

When you provide food for your husband’s band rehearsal, after an afternoon of Little League… dips! Baguettes! Likened accessory foods!

When our german shepherds were getting older and sicker, these washable dog diapers helped us prolong having them with us. Who knew they’d come in handy when Miss Percy wasn’t feeling well and decided it was easier to wet the bed than go outside to use the bathroom…

My favorite…blueberry pie.

Even better, blueberry pie for dinner the next night.

This has been my favorite bread to make recently – garlic rosemary!

My dad came into town for a short 3-day visit.

Playing a game with Silas that my grandma taught me 20+ years ago.

Biscuits!

We made a slightly impromptu trip to the Bay Area last weekend… Percy’s preferred car riding position (yes, please).

Both kids also came along.

Silas and I had chicken and waffles for dinner (bourbon ginger for me, strawberry lemonade for him) the first night.

Craig and I got up early the next morning to indulge in some straight-out-of-the-oven egg custard tarts in Chinatown.

This little snugglebutt is an indulgent fan of hotel room living.

Just as Silas was scanning the horizon, a handful of seals came out to play in San Francisco Bay.

Saturday morning finds in the city.

This boy is clocking in at nearly 5’7″ and 134 pounds. He’ll be 12 in just a couple weeks!

Golden Boy Pizza and a drive through the city for lunch.

Percy got to have her first beach experience. She wasn’t so sure about the water, but loved the sand-digging and running.

Vincent, Silas and Percy. The Golden Gate in the distance.

On the road home.

We brought home some Boudin Bakery sourdough…french toast was totally necessary for dinner ASAP.

While we were gone, the first of our poppies popped!

Little baby.

Homemade falafel night. With homemade hummus and tzatziki.

Sassy cat. “PET ME.”

Our gardens are coming along slowly…

How to prepare for hosting middle schoolers’ sleepovers. Ha.

Lazy bones.

My husband’s band played a fun show here in town!

That’s a wrap for now… hope you’re all well!

Everyday Life: Weeks 10 and 11

Here’s a look at what the last couple weeks have included.

Everyday Life Weeks 10 and 11:


Winter basketball season wrapped up for Silas… on to baseball.


A nacho mess for dinner one night, including homemade chips.


Pick a door, any door…


My husband was part of a fun gig this past week, at a local winery.


During the break between sets, the chef who was cooking up food for the night walked over and handed me half a club sandwich. It was delicious and a nice surprise to follow my first glass of wine for the night. Kindness of strangers!


Evening play time for Percy.


Tried a new local taco truck… had, perhaps, the best fish tacos in all of the Rogue Valley.


Spring is here!


Lunch. Half my toast with smashed avocado, half with scrambled up eggs and cheese.


Baby nugget.


Walking home after grocery shopping. Love this time of year!


We had a week of sunshine and warmer weather (things have cooled off again for now).


Our friends Janet and Ray gifted us some fresh locally caught trout. I decided to fillet them, then cook the fish in harissa spices before turning them into tacos. Even Silas happily ate his trout tacos (a HUGE surprise, one I didn’t have high hopes for – usually he’s not a big fan of fish that isn’t salmon or canned tuna).


This little pup turned ONE. Seemed necessary to bake her a cake of her own…


A hummingbird cake with carrots, and a sweet potato cream cheese frosting!


My mom and Percy share the same birthday. This is still my favorite photo of my mom from her early 20’s. :)


Steel cut oats have been my preference lately.


In case you need a reminder…


Dinner sandwich with the best bubbly water kefir.


Don’t you hate when you run out? Hehe


French toast for lunch one day…because that’s what sounded good.


World’s best snuggler. I hope she’s a lap baby forever.


Easy sushi for just myself.


Finally running low on my homemade garlic basil marinara… but dang. I love carbs.


All the chickens ran up to the fence as I walked by with Percy. It was magnificent! ;)

Hope you’ve had a wonderful couple weeks!

Classic Fettuccine Alfredo

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We’ve been hosting sleepovers nearly every weekend for the last few weeks. My dilemma is never that I adamantly don’t like children (OKKKK that’s not the dilemma MOST DAYS). I often find myself trying to think of a vegetarian meal that will go over well with non-vegetarian guests, especially if it’s a type of cuisine they’re not used to.

Growing up, if I didn’t want to eat what my mom made (sorry, Mom) then I could: 1) eat it anyway or 2) make my own food. In my adulthood, I find myself trying to appease 9-11 year old appetites. WHAT.

I decided to take a chance and make fettuccine alfredo one Friday night when I knew we were hosting one of Silas’s friends. To my amazement, Silas demolished his dinner. His buddy ate two big platefuls AND the next week when he slept over again, he said to me, “Auntie J, that pasta was SO GOOD! OH MY GOODNESS!” So, here’s the recipe for you to have as well!

Note:  I’ve learned that when a recipe calls for scarce ingredients, using quality products is important.

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Fettuccine Alfredo

Serves 6-8 folks.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds dried fettuccine noodles
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
salt and fresh ground pepper, to your liking
a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg

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Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously salt the water (this is your chance to flavor the pasta as it cooks, so don’t be afraid to salt profusely). Cook the pasta until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, add the heavy cream, butter, and lemon juice to a medium-sized pot of their own, over medium heat, whisking occasionally to combine. Continue heating and stirring until the butter completely melts and the mixture is well combined. Add the cheese, a half-cup at a time, stirring with each addition until the sauce is smooth. Taste, then add salt and pepper to your liking. Add a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg. Reduce heat to low.

Drain the cooked pasta, reserving about one cup of the cooking liquid. Return the pasta to the pot, then pour the sauce over the noodles. Gently toss well, until all the noodles are covered with sauce. If you need to, add some of the pasta cooking water to help make everything more smooth.

Serve immediately, topping with a bit of fresh ground pepper if you’d like.

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Day to Day Life: Weeks 10 + 11

The last couple weeks in photos:

Spring means all the daffodils are popping open!
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This guy finished up basketball and went straight into baseball season! He’s currently playing on two separate teams!
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Got to do a little pitching…
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A flat bread experiment with merlot sea salt and herbs.
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Miss Nikki is enjoying the grass that has been coming in so nicely in the backyard! I cannot wait to plant some things, too!
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Speaking of… I refreshed the soil and nutrients in my baby lettuce tub this week! Hooray!
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My husband and some of his colleagues were part of an interactive art exhibition you can read more about here. ‪#‎dotjpgandfriends‬
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A beautifully successful homemade popcorn experiment!
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Early, early morning pre-baseball tournament breakfast. Store-bought crescent rolls wrapped around Field Roast breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese. Delicious success!
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I might’ve found chocolate Yan Yan like my childhood favorite… bought one, then discovered the ‘sticks’ now say things on them!
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Homemade fettuccine!
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To go with homemade creamy pesto and homemade bread, of course!
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Chicken, doing a little Instagramming. ;)
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One of my current favorite snacks. Maple yogurt, fresh blueberries, maple granola, shredded coconut and chia seeds.
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Cinnamon apple mixture for some sweet little turnovers…
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Spinach, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, garlic, feta, and parmesan cheese for savory turnovers…
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Savory turnovers!
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Chicken, doing a little dance! Haha.

Quick chili one night. With brown rice for me… smoked cheddar and green chile cornbread for the hubby.
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Lilies!
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One of my favorite one-person meals lately. Brown rice, furikake, shoyu, red chili flakes, and a 6-minute-soft boiled egg.
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A vegetarian spin on a club sandwich with a side of homemade baked onion rings!
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Blue spring skies.
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A St. Paddy’s meal of vegetarian Guinness Irish stew and Irish soda bread.
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Goof.
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Hope you’ve had a lovely couple weeks!

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

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Are you one of those folks who plans their family’s meals a week at a time? I try to be that person… but let’s be real. I really suck at meal planning. Part of the deal is I frequent the grocery store often enough that purchasing the ingredients for just one dinner isn’t a huge deal — often I know I’ll be back in the store again the next day at some point, thus being able to shop for tomorrow’s dinner… tomorrow. The other aspect I somewhat enjoy is the flexibility of not knowing what the hell I’m going to cook. Sometimes I wake up at 8:30 in the morning and think what am I going to make tonight? Then I peruse recipes over my morning cup of coffee for ideas. (Some days this isn’t a pleasant activity; I wake up wishing I knew what was coming so I could cut out the extra work!)

So on a day I had already planned our dinner, and in fact decided I was going to make these burgers, while taking Silas to baseball practice he suddenly said, “Hey! Can we please have sloppy joes sometime soon?” I thought about what I had planned for dinner and realized I could probably transform my plan of burgers into sloppy joes, using ingredients we already had at home. “Sure! We can have them tonight,” I said, only to realize when I got home we were out of ketchup, a staple ingredient in sloppy joe mixture! (Who runs out of ketchup?!) Not wanting to run to the store at the mad-rush hour,  I did a little hunting online and figured out there are many quick homemade ketchup recipes, and simply made my own.

As a kid I remember loving when my mom made us sloppy joes — usually for a weekend lunch option. There’s certainly some childhood nostalgia when you first bite into one of these sandwiches. The culmination of those childhood memories and the deliciousness of the bite are unbeatable.

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Serves 8

Ingredients:

For the Ketchup:
2 6-oz cans tomato paste
1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 tablespoon cane sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 teaspoon dried mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon all-spice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
small pinch of ground cloves
3/4 cup of water

For the Sloppy Joes:
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
2 tubes Lightlife Gimme Lean Vegetarian Sausage
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup water
1 full recipe of  ketchup (*see recipe below)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 heaping teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon vegetarian worcestershire sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper to your desire

8 large hamburger/kaiser/onion buns (really, whatever your preferred type is)
8 slices American cheese (optional)
dill pickles (for serving)

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Directions:

Make the ketchup: place all of the ingredients in bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Refrigerate at least one hour to let the flavors come together.

Make the sloppy joes: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high. Once the oil is hot, crumble the Gimme Lean into the pot. Continue cooking until nicely browned, stirring frequently, breaking the larger chunks up.

Add in the green peppers and onions. Stir, and then add the 1 cup water, the ketchup and garlic. Stir to combine, and then add the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, cumin, worcestershire, salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat, another 20-30 minutes.

To serve, either steam or lightly toast the buns, open-faced. (I prefer steamed!) Add a slice of cheese if you’d like, then spoon a generous amount of the veggie-meat mixture onto the bottom roll. Top with the other bun and enjoy immediately, served alongside a crisp dill pickle (just do it).

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